The Norwegian Polar Institute

The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) performs Norway’s host role in Ny-Ålesund, and is the point of contact for scientific research and associated activities.

NPI has the overall on-site responsibility for ensuring coordination, and chairs the weekly meeting between representatives from the organisations working at the station.

Kings Bay

Kings Bay AS’ main task is to provide the infrastructure necessary to conduct research and environmental monitoring at Ny-Ålesund Research Station. The company operates the port and airport, and provides board, lodging and other logistics services to the research community.

Kings Bay AS owns the land, and is responsible for safeguarding cultural heritage sites on the property.


Ny-Ålesund Science Managers’ Committee (NySMAC) is a forum established to enhance cooperation and coordination among researchers, research institutions and research activities in Ny-Ålesund.

NySMAC includes representatives from all parties with major vested interests in Ny-Ålesund, and currently consists of 18 member institutions (listed below), and 4 observers.

While the institutions presented above are key actors in Ny-Ålesund in that they have an ongoing, long-term presence, they are by no means the only institutions engaged in projects. A complete list of Ny-Ålesund projects (past and current) is provided in the Research in Svalbard database, which is maintained by the Research Council of Norway.

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